Bridgend County Council has issued a warning about a worrying new scam targeting equipment suppliers.
Existing and potential suppliers to the council have been receiving an email or a phone call from scammers requesting a quotation for a specific item or items. The amounts so far, according to the council have ranged from “low to high values”.
The suppliers are there instructed to raise a purchase order and to deliver the goods to an address outside the area of Bridgend county.
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After shipping the items, the supplier never receives payment and is unable to retrieve the shipped goods.
Bridgend County Borough Council has now released information letting suppliers know how to spot a fraudulent email and purchase order.
A spokesman said: “An incorrect domain name will be used to send emails and purchase orders. Ensure you verify the order is valid with the council. All genuine emails from Bridgend County Borough Council would originate from the bridgend.gov.uk domain.
“In most cases, the delivery address will not be a genuine council address. Fraudulent addresses will typically be a domestic address or self-storage facility, often not anywhere near Bridgend council, which is usually changed with the supplier before the goods are dispatched.
The council also warns businesses to “not attempt to call any phone numbers contained within fraudulent emails that purport to be genuine council numbers as they may attracted a service charge.”
The council has reported all instances of known fraudulent activity to the Police and Action Fraud and are compiling evidence themselves of all reported incidents.
If you have received any suspicious emails, please forward them to the council’s Senior Fraud Investigator Simon Roberts on [email protected]
If you wish to report an incident of this kind you can do so by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.